Sony Computer Entertainment plans to stop selling one of its best ever products in the not too distant future.
We've known for a while that the PlayStation Vita was on its death knell - thanks to low sales, a lack of third-party support and generally being a machine that appealed to a niche market - but this week, it looks like the beginning of the end is upon us.
It seems as though Spain is the first region to formally stop manufacturing the Vita: PlayStation in Spain recently confirmed in a reply on Twitter that the system has been officially discontinued in the country.
Whether that means other European countries will soon follow suit, or whether this is just an anomaly, remains to be seen. Still, it's a sad state of affairs for a console that promised so much when it was first launched to be so quietly dropped by Sony.
We recently saw the PS3 discontinued in Japan before being discontinued around the world - a precedent surely set for the Vita's discontinuation?
The Vita was, at one time, the most powerful handheld console on the market, but seemingly couldn't find commercial success against the powerhouse of the Nintendo 3DS.
Then Nintendo released the Switch, rendering the Vita practically useless. Still, there are some cracking exclusives on the console, and if you're keen to play some amazing JRPGs (Persona 4 Golden) or some great action games (Uncharted: Golden Abyss), you'd better find a console before manufacturing ceases altogether.
This news follows on from another downer for Vita players after Sony announced earlier this year that they intend to drop PS Plus support for Vita - alongside the PS3 - from next March, here's the full explainer from the company:
"Starting next year on March 8, 2019, the PS Plus monthly games lineup will focus on PS4 titles and no longer include PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles.
"This won’t affect any games you’ve already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8, 2019.
"Those games will still be part of your PS Plus games library as long as you remain a member.
"Your game saves and other benefits of PS Plus will also remain the same – the only change is that no new PS3 and PS Vita games will be added to the PS Plus monthly games lineup beyond March 8, 2019."
Sony explained the decision by pointing to their increased importance of the current PS4 platform, telling fans:
“Many of our fans are playing on the PS4 platform, with the increasingly vast number of PS4s in homes around the world."
For now, though, it's unclear if this means a more permanent slot for PSVR games in the monthly PS Plus lineup.
For the sake of anyone who hasn't opted into Sony's incredible PlayStation Plus service at the dirt cheap price of £6.99 a month - Or £49.99 for the year / £19.99 for three months.
Here's what you get:
• Access to online multiplayer on your PlayStation 4
• Exclusive discounts at PlayStation Store
• Share Play - so your friends can play your games even if they don't own a copy themselves
• 10GB of cloud storage for your PS4 game saves
More important than any of that is the fact Sony give away 24 PS4 games a year, completely free. And on top of that, a whole host of PS3 and PS Vita games as well, just to sweeten the deal.
So, when you think about it, signing up to PlayStation Plus is a bit of a no-brainer, really.
The April 2018 line-up includes a cracking selection of free games for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita owners to play, provided they have a PlayStation Plus subscription.
Here is the full PS Plus April 2018 line-up:
• Mad Max (PS4)
• Trackmania Turbo (PS4)
• In Space We Brawl (PS3)
• Toy Home (PS3)
• 99 VIDAS (PS Vita)
• Q*Bert Rebooted (PS3/PS4/PS Vita)
Once again, don't hang about and forget to download these games because they'll no longer be available once the new May games arrive.
- Mad Max (PS4)
- Trackmania Turbo (PS4)
- In Space We Brawl (PS3)
- Toy Home (PS3)
- 99 VIDAS (PS Vita)
- Q*Bert Rebooted (PS3/PS4/PS Vita)